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Expanding horizons with postgraduate study

Clara Devlin September 17, 2018

Lifelong learning helps to keep our minds active and expand our horizons, both personally and professionally. Graduate Diploma of Psychology student Jola, 60, chats to us about what postgraduate learning means to her and why the word ‘retirement’ is not in her vocabulary.

The next opportunity

Jola, a proud wife, mother and grandmother, works as a private mentor and part-time psychotherapist with no signs of slowing down. Jola saw a need to strengthen her future job prospects with a postgraduate qualification through Swinburne Online.

In the past, Jola has worked as a Wellness/Life Coach and Counsellor in the corporate sector, but was unfortunately made redundant two years ago. She did not let this bring her down.

“For me, life tantalises with new opportunities and on-going learning – there’s heaps more to be done,” Jola explains.

Online study gives Jola both the academic skills and technical skills to succeed in today’s modern job market.

Jola admits online learning has presented some challenges, as IT is not her forte, but this is something she is embracing and is planning to conquer.

I feel like I’ve enrolled in two degrees; one in psychology and one in IT with all the new technological skills I’m learning.


Keeping the passion alive

In recent years, there has been a shift towards credibility in the counselling industry with a focus on producing more professionals with tertiary qualifications.

“This course will allow me to find more than just a job; it will enable me to keep pursuing my passion of working more comprehensively in the field of human behaviour and further understand the complexities that this area presents,” Jola says.

Upon completion of her Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Jola hopes to continue mentoring and counselling, specialising in children and adolescents.

“This is my ideal; I thrive on seeing children and young people develop resilience, enjoy self-growth and reach their full potential,” she says.

Jola is a true advocate for lifetime learning and is proof that anything can happen when you break the retirement mould.

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